President Trump’s feud with China gets a closer look from Seth Meyers

Seth Meyers (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC)
Seth Meyers (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC) /

President Trump’s tariffs and meeting with the leader of Hungary are the subjects of Seth Meyers’ latest ‘A Closer Look.’

The start of the week is always a good time to catch up with the news from the weekend. And if you prefer a few laughs to go along with your news consumption, then “A Closer Look” from Late Night with Seth Meyers is typically the way to go.

One of the biggest stories over the weekend was President Donald Trump’s escalating feud with China over trade negotiations and tariffs. Per usual, there are two very different narratives about what it all means for American farmers.

Trump addressed some questions about the issue while meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, himself a controversial figure accused of being anti-democratic. The meeting followed news that Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani cancelled a trip to Ukraine where he planned to encourage an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden’s efforts to remove a top Ukranian official in 2016.

Those are three pretty big stories that came out during a short period of time. But as they have been doing all year, the team at Late Night with Seth Meyers was able to break it all down in Monday night’s “A Closer Look.”

President Trump’s approach to tariffs have been a common topic of ridicule on late night shows. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert has especially fixated on what Stephen Colbert sees as Trump’s lack of knowledge on how tariffs actually work.

Here Seth Meyers brings up the issue in discussing the back and forth retaliations between the U.S. and China. Meyers argues this is another example of Trump actually being terrible at negotiations which in turn is part of his larger flaw of exaggerating his talents and abilities in just about everything.

The golf stories have been covered by late night in the past. Once again it was The Late Show that dedicated a block to the book on just how badly Trump cheats at golf. Meyers takes his chance to pile on here to further prove his point that Trump will cut corners whenever possible.

Cheating is Meyers theme when discussing Rudy Giuliani’s planned trip to Ukraine. It’s not a great look to go to a foreign country and ask it to investigate…an investigation into foreign interference.

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Seth Meyers may have taken a slight detour from the actual news story to mock President Trump’s speeches or Rudy Giuliani’s shakiness in front of a camera. But the point of “A Closer Look” is to balance out the information with laughs and once again Meyers did just that.